The author's overuse of description and unnecessary background details make this novel more of a chore than an enjoyable read. The story doesn't take off until halfway through the book, and the climax doesn't have as much of an impact as the reader is led to expect.
Class isn't the only part of Maddie's past she is struggling to leave behind. Her husband, Paul, has been best friends with troublesome Luke Barnett since they were kids. The three of them share a decades-old secret, and though Maddie and Paul have built their upstanding lives as a screen around that secret, Luke's erratic behavior is a threatening wind that could blow their dark past wide open. (NAL ACCENT, Jan., 347 pp., $14.00)